Plants on the Move: How Public Gardens Can Help Control Invasive Plants

Thursday, November 10, 2016
The Morton Arboretum
4100 Illinois Rt. 53
Lisle, IL 60302

Help curb the spread of problem plants escaping from cultivation

Public gardens have special knowledge and perspectives on plants that escape cultivation and invade natural areas to disrupt ecosystems. At this conference, join with the staffs of public gardens of all sizes, as well as others concerned with invasive plants, and bring your expertise and on-the-ground experience to collaborate on ways to identify, monitor, and manage plants spreading beyond horticultural plantings.

The Morton Arboretum, the Midwest Invasive Plant Network, and the Ohio Invasive Plants Council will convene this summit on the scenic grounds of the Arboretum on Thursday, November 10, with a working group meeting following on Friday, November 11.

Gardens small and large can contribute to discussions and plans for action on this major environmental issue. Hear from experts from across the country, including the Desert Botanical Garden, National Tropical Botanical Garden in Hawaii, The Morton Arboretum, the University of Cincinnati, New York Botanical Garden, the Chicago Botanic Garden, and more. Tour the collections and natural areas of the Arboretum, and see how the Arboretum identifies and manages invasive plants.


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Partners and Supporters

Learn more about the organizations leading this fall’s conference:


Lodging and Transportation

Conference hotel:
Hilton Lisle/Naperville
3003 Corporate West Drive
Lisle, IL 60532

To reserve a room in the conference block:

Click here OR

Call 1-630-505-0900 and ask for The Morton Arboretum Public Garden Summit 2016.
Reservation deadline: October 28, 2016.

  • Group Code: CMPG
  • Check-in: November 9, 2016
  • Check-out: November 12, 2016


Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD)
Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW)

Driving Directions:
[LINK TO Maps and Directions Page]

Shuttles will run between the Hilton and the Arboretum on the following schedule:

November 10
To Arboretum from Hilton: 7:15, 7:45 a.m.
From Arboretum to Hilton: 4:15, 4:45 p.m.

November 11
To Arboretum from Hilton: 7:45, 8:15 a.m.
From Arboretum to Hilton: 4:15 p.m.



Course number: 

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thornhill Education Center



Nonmembers: Fees include admission to the Arboretum. 

$65.00 members

$65.00 nonmembers


Plants on the Move Collections Tour (Closed)

Tour the grounds of The Morton Arboretum and discuss identifying and managing plants escaping from cultivation with public garden experts.


Thursday, November 10, 2016, 3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Departs from and returns to Thornhill Education Center
Limit 75

Course number: S130

Free; must be registered for the Plants on the Move Summit.


CALL: 630-719-2468
IN PERSON: Stop by the Visitor Center during open hours.